The new Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Android smartphone is quite similar to Galaxy S6 in terms of looks, A body made out of a glass/metal combo, 14nm Exynos chipset, a 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display, IP68 certification, 16MP f/1.9 cameras front and back – it sure sounds like Samsung’s next flagship. Only it’s not the flagship we’re talking about, but the Galaxy A5 (2017) premium mid-ranger.
Well although we made it look like it’s the best mid-range ever but there are certain department where it still lacks such as the Exynos chipset such as it still uses only the mainstream Cortex-A53 cores inside and not hard-hitting Mongooses or Kryos. And also the camera department lacks OIS and 4K video recording, even if they both offer higher resolution than the Galaxy S7.
Although it’s not exactly what you call a bargain, the Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017), unfortunately. Its price tag makes a pretty solid case for the Galaxy S6, and why not even the S7 when the time is right? It’s also not looking good that Samsung is putting out a new premium product with good ol’ Marshmallow, and no shiny fresh Grace UX can make up for that.
None of that means we don’t like the premise of a premium full-featured smartphone positioned a notch below the flagships – quite the opposite. We’ll be looking into just how much the A5 (2017) deserves its place in the world on the following pages, starting with a hardware overview.